LAAC supports efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession, and we focus much of our energy on increasing diversity in the legal services community. Below are some helpful resources for advocates, attorneys, and executive directors.
A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Racial Justice Toolkit for Civil Legal Aid Organizations
In 2021, LAAC’s IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability in Legal Aid) Committee published the initial public draft of our DEI toolkit to support the legal aid community in furthering DEI processes at their organizations and advancing community wide conversations on equity and racial justice. This a community document, so to provide feedback and get involved in the creation of future iterations please reach out to us at IDEAL@laaconline.org
2019 Justice at Risk: Recruitment and Retention Report
In 2019, LAAC published a recruitment and retention report of CA legal aid attorneys. Though the report was not designed to collect extensive diversity data, there is interesting information within the report pertaining to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in legal aid.
List of Outreach Ideas for Recruiting Diverse Candidates (2015)
In partnership with other organizations, LAAC created a list of bar associations and other outlets to use to announce openings in legal services offices. Organizations must start with a diverse candidate pool to be able to hire a qualified candidate, and we hope these ideas create a diverse pool.
List of Outreach Ideas for Recruiting Diverse Candidates Bar Associations:
LGBT Bar Associations:
Disability Bar Associations:
Women’s Bar Associations:
Ethnic Minority Bar Associations:
Korean American Bar Association of Southern California
Law School Student Organizations (contact each law school so they can circulate to alumni):
– La Raza
– Middle Eastern and South Asian Law Students Association
– Women’s Law Association
– Lambda Law Students Association
Other community groups and partners in collaborative efforts